Reviewed by Fran Edwards
How does marriage change us? Are our married selves different to how we were? Altar Ego takes an introverted look at feelings, dreams and struggles of several couples, each individual wrestling with different doubts difficulties and problems. Focusing on the lack of communication in romantic relationships it is a blunt, occasionally crass expose, it relates well.
The piece is performed by the writer, James Lyons, and his real life wife, Melanie Lyons, which may prompt us to ask if they work-shopped this production at home? All of the characters are believable and they bring home the insecurities and struggles of many who share their situations. Offering in some way a confessional look from the inside.
Originally performed in the Beverley Hills Playhouse in LA, where James Lyons was working, this production has allowed Melanie Lyons (nee Munt) to return to the company she helped form, Unseen, after her studies in WA and travels in America. Both James and Melanie have credits in Film and television as well as stage work. They are collaborating on more projects together.
An interesting production, with some clever insights and very funny glimpses at the human condition in the matrimonial state.